The Power Of Prepaid
Welfare reform and the personal budgets agenda have created significant new opportunities for more creative and innovative thinking regarding how people relate to local and national government and public services. Prepaid card technology could hold the key to substantially reduced administration costs for personal budgets – back-office savings which cannot be under-valued in the current era of limited funding. This report, published by think-tank, Demos, looks at radical and inventive new solutions to the distribution of benefits and services.
Children and Parents: Media Use and Attitudes Report
This report by Ofcom provides detailed evidence of media use, attitudes and understanding among children and young people aged 5-15. For the first time it also provides indicative information about the access to, and use of, media among children aged 3-4. The report also includes findings relating to parents’ views about their children’s media use, and the ways that parents seek – or not – to monitor or limit such use.
Changing the face of Education?
What do we do if and when students and parents decide that they can learn more effectively online than in the classroom? Here, Tim Nash, MD of EdisonLearning provides leadership comment on school performance, accountability, social mobility and virtual and online education.
How mobile learning and gamification theory can enhance teaching
A recent report by the Teaching Scotland Consolarium, the national centre for games and learning, found that well-structured and planned games-based approaches can engage students in activities to enhance learning. In turn, games-based learning has also been found to increase teacher motivation.
Firewalls in schools
IT education in schools is increasing at a rapid rate and is becoming an ever more important part of a school’s curriculum. As more students and staff access the Web for learning resources it is of great importance that there is adequate security in place to protect against any potential vulnerabilities. Here, we present an overview of the threats schools face.
Coding in the classroom – The Raspberry Pi
The Raspberry Pi is a $25 credit-card sized computer that plugs into your TV and a keyboard, and is now being used by kids all over the world to learn programming. It’s a capable little PC which can be used for many of the things that your desktop PC does, like spreadsheets, word-processing and games. It also plays high-definition video. Beyond a must-have tech gadget, the Pi’s influence is becoming more and more felt in ICT teaching. As Michael Gove’s revisions loom, how important will the Raspberry Pi become to our classrooms of the future? And how can we prepare for the potential skills gap that might become evident if the Raspberry Pi becomes an integral piece of classroom kit?